IRVINE, CA – Using a mirror-mounted liquid crystal display system, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will provide SUV owners the ability to view what’s happening behind the vehicle without taking their eyes off the road in front of them. The rearview mirror-mounted back-up camera with auto-dimming mirror display will be available on CX-9 models not factory-equipped with DVD navigation systems. When the vehicle is shifted into reverse, an LCD screen automatically appears within the reflective surface of the mirror, showing a real-time panoramic view of the area at the rear of the vehicle. Once the vehicle is shifted into any other gear, the display disappears. Using “transflective” coatings and lighting technology developed by Gentex Corp., the high-resolution, 2.4-inch diagonal active-matrix video display is housed in an automatic-dimming rearview mirror, which dims in response to headlight glare from trailing vehicles in order to make nighttime driving safer. Available as either a dealer-installed or port-installed option, the back-up camera with auto-dimming mirror display kit will include an auto-dimming rearview mirror with display and lift gate-mounted rear camera. Expected availability is early summer 2007, and pricing will start at $665 for a port-installed option or $675 for a dealer-installed option.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials

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